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Panama investigates owner-manager row at Trump hotel

PANAMA CITY: Panamanian prosecutors are investigating a dispute between owners and the management of a Trump hotel, a skyscraper that cuts a distinctive figure among the towers crowding the capital city. A probe has been launched "to establish if there is punishable conduct in regards to a complaint of usurpation in the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower property," the prosecutor's office said in a statement Monday. The row is between Miami-based investor Orestes Fintiklis, who last year became owner of the…

Panama seizes ex-president’s helicopter over bribery claims

PANAMA CITY: Panama on Tuesday seized a helicopter belonging to a wealthy former president, Ricardo Martinelli, whose family is under suspicion of accepting bribes from a Brazilian construction group. Prosecutors said in a statement they had taken "provisional possession" of the Airbus aircraft, registration N16261, after it was confiscated by authorities in Mexico. Although the prosecutors' statement did not name Martinelli as the owner, the former leader and his lawyers confirmed ownership. Martinelli, who went to…